HIF Scholarship Opportunities Now Available for Nursing, Mental Health, and Public Health Students!

I. Healthcare Initiative Foundation ADN-to-BSN Nursing Scholarship:

This award provides scholarship support of $1,500 each academic year for students accepted into MC’s nursing program who intend to earn their bachelor’s degree in nursing through the ADN-to-BSN dual admission program at the Universities at Shady Grove (USG). Bilingual students are particularly encouraged to apply, but this opportunity is open to any nursing student who meets the criteria.

Additional benefits for recipients will include healthcare interpreting certification or cultural communications training, as well as participation in an annual hands-on interprofessional collaboration activity with students in other healthcare fields.

The Healthcare Initiative Foundation scholarships are structured to provide ongoing support to recipients during your studies at Montgomery College and at the Universities at Shady Grove through completion of your bachelor’s degree, as long as you continue to meet the criteria.

CRITERIA:

  • Need based;
  • Montgomery County resident;
  • Student already accepted or enrolled in MC’s nursing program with the intent to enroll in the ADN-to-BSN dual admission program with the University of Maryland School of Nursing at the Universities at Shady Grove;
  • Meets the eligibility requirements for the Dual Enrollment nursing program, including an overall GPA of at least 3.0 and a science GPA of at least 2.75; and
  • Must commit to an internship/clinical rotation at a nonprofit (or hospital); and maintain academic standing in their degree program.

II. Healthcare Initiative Foundation Building Career Pathways Scholarship for Mental Health and Public Health Students:

This award provides scholarship support of $1,500 each academic year for mental health and public health students who intend to earn their bachelor’s degree in social work or public health at the Universities at Shady Grove (USG). Bilingual students are particularly encouraged to apply, but this opportunity is open to any student who meets the criteria.

Additional benefits for recipients will include healthcare interpreting certification or cultural communications training, as well as participation in an annual hands-on interprofessional collaboration activity with students in other healthcare fields.

The Healthcare Initiative Foundation scholarships are structured to provide ongoing support to recipients during your studies at Montgomery College and at the Universities at Shady Grove through completion of your bachelor’s degree, as long as you continue to meet the criteria.

CRITERIA:

    • Montgomery County resident;
    • In need of financial assistance;
    • Mental health or public health major;
    • Intends to pursue bachelor’s degree in social work or public health at The Universities at Shady Grove;
    • Must commit to an internship/clinical rotation at a nonprofit (or hospital); and
    • Maintain academic standing in their degree program.

Student applicants may apply for the Healthcare Initiative Foundation (HIF) scholarships and other Montgomery College Foundation scholarship opportunities at http://montgomerycollege.academicworks.com. Although the fall application deadline passed on July 31, Montgomery College is holding the HIF scholarships open until September 30.

Student applicants may apply for this and other Montgomery College Foundation scholarship opportunities at https://montgomerycollege.academicworks.com. Although the fall application deadline passed on July 31, we are holding the HIF scholarships open until September 30.

To apply, please follow these steps:

Go to the Montgomery College Foundation Scholarship Application website: https://montgomerycollege.academicworks.com.

Click on “Sign in With Your Institution.” Use your Montgomery College MY MC credentials to login to the site, powered by Academic Works. Read and follow all instructions provided on the home page.

If this is your first time logging in, you will need to complete the General Application, located by clicking on the ‘Application’ link in the top menu bar. To be considered for the scholarship, please ensure your application is complete. Make sure to answers both essay questions and sign and submit your online scholarship application.

To search for information regarding either Healthcare Initiative Foundation scholarship, click on “Opportunities. Click the “Apply” button next to the HIF scholarship that corresponds with your area of study, answer the questions, and then click “Submit. You will be notified of your application status by email. If you are awarded a scholarship, you will receive an award letter in the mail. Please be sure to complete all requirements on the award letter.

For questions regarding the scholarship application process, please contact the Scholarship Office: by email at Scholarships@montgomerycollege.edu or by telephone at (240) 567-4021.

Healthcare Initiative Foundation Grant Supports MobileMed and Aspire Collaborative Program: Integrated Behavioral Health Services for Underserved Montgomery County Residents

Bethesda, MD—Mobile Medical Care, Inc. (MobileMed) and Aspire Counseling are pleased to announce that they were jointly awarded a $100,000 grant by the Healthcare Initiative Foundation (HIF) that continues support for integrated behavioral health services for MobileMed’s low-income primary care population. HIF funds will enhance quality of patient care by ensuring proactive screening and treatment for behavioral health conditions. HIF, a 501(c)(3) private foundation, is known for its commitment to improving safety net services in Montgomery County, funding programs that are typically underfunded and represent significant service gaps.

The MobileMed/Aspire collaboration started as a pilot program six years ago. Recognizing that mental health and physical health are interrelated, the program’s initial goal was to increase the number of patients screened for anxiety and depression when they visited one of MobileMed’s primary care clinics. As this collaboration has evolved and expanded, the program now has three overall goals: to move closer to the goal of universal behavioral health screening for all MobileMed patients; to ensure that patients whose behavioral health screening indicates that they are at risk are assessed and linked with appropriate follow-up treatment; and to provide effective onsite therapy services by Aspire staff to as many MobileMed patients as possible. HIF’s support is integral to developing a sustainable model that achieves significant outcomes for underserved patients.

For over 45 years, MobileMed’s mission has been to improve the health of low-income people who face the greatest barriers to care access to a community health center. A 501(c)(3), MobileMed provides high quality, comprehensive primary and preventive care, delivered in a culturally and linguistically appropriate manner. Each year, MobileMed serves over 4,000 of Montgomery County’s most vulnerable adult residents through 14,000 medical encounters. Aspire Counseling’s vision is to be an active partner in a community in which all people have access to needed, effective, evidence-based mental health and wellness services. Based in Gaithersburg, Aspire, a 501(c)(3), serves more than 1,500 people each year through office-based and community-based programs. Its community programs are designed to meet the mental health needs of low-income, uninsured and underinsured people within Montgomery County.

More information on MobileMed is available at www.mobilemedicalcare.org or by contacting info@mobilemedicalcare.org or 301-841-0825. More information about Aspire Counseling is available at www.we-aspire.org or by contacting main@we-aspire.org or 301- 978-9750.

Healthcare Initiative Foundation Awards Grant for Healthy Food Access Program in Takoma Park and Long Branch

The Healthcare Initiative Foundation (HIF) has awarded a $45,000 planning grant to Community Health and Empowerment through Education and Research (CHEER). HIF’s mission is to support organizations that offer solutions to improve the quality and delivery of healthcare for residents of Montgomery County.

CHEER is the convener of Healthy Long Branch, a consortia of health care providers, social service providers and community groups in Takoma Park and Long Branch.  Healthy Long Branch brings partners from multiple sectors, such as business, nonprofit, health care, housing and community groups, together to help everyone in the community achieve excellent health.

The grant will go toward developing the Healthy Food Access Prescription program for residents in the Takoma Park and Long Branch communities with chronic health conditions that can be improved upon through good nutrition.

In a recent major study, the Montgomery County’s Food Council Food Access Working Group (FAWG) reported that Long Branch is a community of low access to healthy food.  The conditions affecting many people in the community include the high cost of living and low wages, limited transportation, limited time to shop, and limited access to kitchen facilities.  As a consequence, many residents are experiencing poor health outcomes and have the highest hospital utilization rates for uncontrolled diabetes in the county. Long Branch, however, is not a food desert as there are healthy food sources and available health and wellness resources. What is needed is a stronger and deeper network of relationships capable of overcoming the barriers that prevent people from using healthy food.

The Healthy Food Access Program being designed would have community health workers with relevant cultural and linguistic knowledge provide residents with fresh fruits and vegetables, health and cooking education, and support to help participants adopt and sustain healthy eating and living practices. Strong connections will be developed between the health providers, community health workers, and food providers to evaluate health outcomes and ensure access to healthy food.

The HIF grant complements the recent Trinity Health Transforming Communities Initiative award of $500,000 per year for up to 5 years to Institute for Public Health Innovation, which supports policies, systems, and an environment that reduces obesity. Two of the targeted communities are Takoma Park and Long Branch.

For more information, contact Bruce Baker at 301-589-3633 or bruce@communitycheer.org.

Healthcare Initiative Foundation Awards Grant for Scholarships to Support Students in Nursing & Social Work Programs at the Universities at Shady Grove (USG)

The Healthcare Initiative Foundation of Montgomery County awarded The Universities at Shady Grove (USG) a $648,900 grant, which will fund 112 scholarships over five years to support students at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) Social Work program and the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) School of Nursing. A primary goal of the Healthcare Initiative Foundation is to enhance and expand the workforce development in the healthcare field within Montgomery County. The scholarships will provide needed pathways to the degrees and careers that will directly power tomorrow’s healthcare workforce. 

In addition, the grant will support four innovative initiatives to help prepare the scholarship recipients to meet the health and wellness needs of the community and connect them with future employers in their professional fields. The first initiative will help students learn interdisciplinary practices, rules, and responsibilities, and gain experience at the Mercy Health Clinic. The Mercy Health Clinic is a free, not-for-profit, non-sectarian, community based primary healthcare provider serving uninsured, low-income adult residents in Montgomery County. The second initiative will place students in clinic rotations at Montgomery County non-profits in the healthcare field which will enhance the students’ knowledge of community health and develop a greater understanding of the community.

In an effort to respond to the pressing need for culturally competent social workers with experience serving children under the age of 12, social work scholarship recipients will have the opportunity to complete their field placements with non-profits serving this age group. The third initiative will establish a Bilingual Writing Mentor Program to support the academic success of 20 students whose first language is not English.